JZ misses Cele case deadlines
THE PRESIDENCY has missed three deadlines on which to submit opposing papers in response to former police commissioner Bheki Cele's bid to have his dismissal overturned.
Cele's spokesman, Vuyo Mkhize, yesterday told Sowetan the presidency had failed to submit papers as stipulated on three occasions - July 22, July and August 13.
Mkhize acknowledged that while the presidency had "partially" complied with Cele's demand that records of all meetings of the inquiry be supplied to him, these were "insignificant".
"They complied partially with our request to file elements of the records but these were insignificant because they were not the portion (of the records) we had specifically requested," Mkhize said.
"It was a limited compliance."
Mkhize said Cele wanted "records of every meeting held since the (inquiry) was set up". These, Mkhize said, would comprise "all correspondence the inquiry had with everyone, including the people whose input did not form part of the inquiry".
According to Mkhize they only received copies of correspondence "we exchanged with the presidency from the time the president wrote to the general (Cele) to inform him of the decision to fire him".
"It (the records submitted by President Jacob Zuma) was not too helpful in the greater scheme of things," he said.
Cele was dismissed as national police commissioner in June, following a recommendation, to that effect, from a board of inquiry that was chaired by retired judge Jake Moloi.
Moloi, in substantiating his conclusion, said Cele was unfit to hold public office because of his involvement in the procurement of two lease deals for the police headquarters, worth R1.6-billion.
These deals, the inquiry found, were completed without proper procedures having been followed.
In papers before the Pretoria High Court, Cele said Zuma had been "irrational" in taking the ultimate decision to fire him.
He added that the president had ignored the crime-fighting successes the police had enjoyed, under Cele's command.
Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj had not responded to questions at the time going to press.
'President had acted irrationally in taking decision to fire the general'